AQUATIC LIFE

MISSION:

To bring about a realization of the interdependence of all living things and to protect aquatic life from the negative impacts of pollution.

FACTS:

  • The invisible zone of aquatic wildlife is the splash zone. This is the sprayed dry surface above the high tide line. You discover surfbirds, wandering tattlers, shore birds, gulls, rock louse, and more.
     

  • At the high intertidal zone, where most exposure of the day is, you find periwinkles and acorn barnacles.
     

  • The short period of exposure daily is the middle intertidal zone, and you find sea palms, sea stars, limpets and mussels.
     

  • The lowest tide exposed is called the low intertidal zone. At this level, the plants get some sunshine but they are wet most of the day. You find seaweeds, surf grasses, sea urchins, anemones, planktons, and organic fragments.
     

  • The lowest zone is the sub-tidal zone that is never exposed to air. Here you discover beautiful nudibranches.
     

  • Above the water are sea cliffs that give habitat for seabirds, such as tufted puffins, double crested cormorants, pelagic cormorants, Brandt’s cormorants, Cassin’s auklets, pigeon gillermots, and ashy storm petrels.

  • Wetlands are composed of salt marshes. The dominant plants are nonwoody types, such as cordgrasses, eelgrasses, pickleweeds, birds, animals, shorebirds, great blue heron, black crowned night heron, great egret, snowy egret, ducks, American coots, and ghost shrimps.
     

  • Lakes contain a variety of animals, such as canvasbacks, buffleheads, lesser scaups, ospreys, bald eagles, fishes, and grebes.
     

  • Freshwater marshes do not have trees but cattails, tules, and rushes feel comfortable in this habitat. You find damsel flies, dragon flies, frogs, crayfish, insects, muskrats, pied-billed grebes, eared grebes, geese, and ducks.
     

  • Rivers contain plants, such as willows, cottonwoods, red alders, big leaf maples, and western azaleas. You find insects, animals, birds, tiger salamanders, California newts, Pacific tree frogs, admiral butterflies, tiger swallowtail butterflies and red-shouldered hawks.
     

  • Oceans have dolphins, whales (humpback, gray, blue) sharks, diversity of fishes, and many types of birds.

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), female. Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Lesser Scaups (Aythya affinis). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Lesser Scaups (Aythya affinis). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Northern Pintails (Anas acuta). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Northern Shovelers (Anas clypeata). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
American Wigeon (Anas americana). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope). Class Aves Order Anseriformes Family Anatidae Medium-sized duck
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Blue-winged Teals (Anas discors). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Cinnamon Teals (Anas cyanoptera). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Cinnamon Teals (Anas cyanoptera) with Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)amon-teals
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis).
Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes.
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) females. Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Brant (Branta bernicla). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). Class Aves. Order Anseriformes. Family Anatidae.mute-swan
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis). Class Aves. Order Podicipediformes. Family Podicipedidae.
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps). Class Aves. Order Podicipediformes. Family Podicipedidae.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus). Class Aves. Order Podicipediformes. Family Podicipedidae.
American Coot (Fulica americana). Class Aves. Order Gruiformes. Family Rallidae.
American Coots (Fulica americana). Class Aves. Order Gruiformes. Family Rallidae.
American Coot (Fulica americana). Class Aves. Order Gruiformes. Family Rallidae.
American Coot (Fulica americana), juvenile. Class Aves. Order Gruiformes. Family Rallidae.
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Class Aves. Order Gruiformes. Family Rallidae.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) juveniles
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) juveniles
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) juveniles
Brown Pelican with Gulls
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) and Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
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Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)n_1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
Glossy Ibises (Plegadis falcinellus)glossy-ibises
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-Crested Cormorant and American White Pelicand-cormora0041
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)
Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis)
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)t
American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)
Wilson's Phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor)
Willets (Tringa semipalmata)
Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus)
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala ) and Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
Sanderlings (Calidris alba)
Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus) with ducks
Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus)
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Heermann's Gulls (Larus heermanni)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger)
Common Murres (Uria aalge) with Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus)
Flamingos (Phoenicopterus sp.)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Bottle-nosed Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
Common Dolphins (Delphinus sp.)
Orca (Orcinus orca)
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
Striped Shore Crab (Pachygrapsus crassipes)
Hermit Crab (superfamily Paguroidea)
Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus)
Sea Lemon Nudibranch (Anisodoris nobilis)
Helmet Urchins (Colobocentrotus atratus)
Rose Anemone (Urticina Crassicornis)
Two-spotted Octopus (Octopus Bimaculatus)
Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)
Red-Eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans)
American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
Oscar Fish (Astronotus sp.)
Underwater Kelp Forest
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